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into question the quality of his professional judgment on issues critical to national defense. >> senator john mccain and lindsay gram say they are opposing hagel about israel and troop surges in iraq which are at odds to u.s. policy. >> it was unnerving some of the things that came out of that hearing. created more questions and doubts than confidence. >> hagel, the former will you be pick an senator declined for appear to struggle in explaining decisions. >> we're right? >> i would defer in your judgment to sort that out. >> the committee deserves your judgment. >> republicans have sought to link confirmation to continued questions over the benghazi attack. white house responded to questions in a letter today while democrats tried to be opponents. >> we got a car going on in afghanistan. we need to have a secretary of defense in place. >> we need to get on and approve the nomination so he can get on with his duties as secretary of defense. >> but with the vote complete senate majority leader harry reed has announced a final vote a week from tuesday setting up an event show case with republic
. arizona senator john mccain says he is reconsidering his promise not to filibuster the nomination. maine senators susan collins says she will not vote to confirm him because of concerns about his views on critical perhaps facing the united states. senate could vote on the nomination later this week. the senate intelligence committee is delaying a vote on john brennan's nomination to be cia director. the committee chair, california senator dianne feinstein, says senators need more from asian about a controversial draw on strike program and last year's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya that killed four americans. the white house has already given two classified memos to the committee. we have a quick school delayed to alert you. frederick county, maryland, schools on a two hour delay. it's 5:25, 35 degrees. the news continues at 5:30. >> several families during up for big reunions with thousands of passengers who have been stranded on >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> straight ahead, big changes for millions of travelers. american a
-- the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: i will just respond to my friend -- and he is my dear friend. i didn't note that sense of urgency for three months when john tower's nomination was held in limbo by the then majority of democrats. the secretary of defense post was vacant at that time as well. so this is not the first time in history that a secretary of defense's position has been vacant. the and, again, i hope that we can get this resolved, moved forward, and i think that the senator from michigan and my friend understands that we can get this issue resolved on the day that we return from the recess. certainly there is, i believe, sufficient votes to invoke cloture at that time. mr. levin: madam president, if the senator -- the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: if the senator from arizona would yield for a minute -- and he is my dear friend -- i don't believe that senator tower was filibustered. there was a delay in et going to that vote. but i don't believe there was a requirement that there be -- and i may be wrong on this -- but i don't bel
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